Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Retro Wednesday....






















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Today I went to a place called The Heritage Center in Sterling Hights Michigan. We received training on the All New 2011 Silverado HD. This place is a GM training facility, and inside of the main hall they had on display at least one car from every year of the "Modern Era".
Oddly enough, the car that is regarded as the very first car in this era is the 1955 Chevy!
This is the car that sealed the fate of the old fashioned post war designs. This particular car is a Chevy Bel Air Convertable. Notice the spotlights on each side of the car? Back in the days of the Drive-In Movie theaters, between the cartoons and the previews, a darting figure appeared on the big screen called SPOTTY! It was a ball of light that zoomed and criss-crossed around the screen, and the idea was to turn on your spotlight and zero in on spotty, and KEEP your light on him. Thats how many cars had spotlights in the 50's....Now only cop cars have them!
Sorry to rattle on....Peace!!!



16 comments:

Serena said...

Wow, what cool old cars! My dad used to drive some of those models.:)

lime said...

what a neat thing to see! and i learned something too. didn't know about spotty. then again i was too busy making out at the drive ins. :P

Brian Miller said...

cool cars g! sounds like a neat place...

clean and crazy said...

AWESOME, i want to go there it looks like jay lenos garage!!

Mama Zen said...

The neon Chevy signs made me laugh. I think that every guy that I dated in my younger years had one of those!

Mona said...

nice looking cars ;)

evalinn said...

Funny story! They´re really nice those old cars. A few weeks ago we went to the veteran car mecka of Sweden, and they drove around a lake. There were so many cars it took all day just to sit and watch them!

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Look how pretty and twinkly those muscles are!!! Swooon!

moondustwriter said...

Old Cars are soooo pretty and a dream to drive. Love the rumble of the engines on those classics.

thanks for the beautiful retro

moondustwriter said...

Old Cars are soooo pretty and a dream to drive. Love the rumble of the engines on those classics.

thanks for the beautiful retro

moondustwriter said...

Old Cars are soooo pretty and a dream to drive. Love the rumble of the engines on those classics.

thanks for the beautiful retro

izzy said...

I want one of those neon signs- GMC trucks! my father loved his Fords.
We had a 54 light blue for thirteen years.It literally sighed, as it sank to the ground in a gas station one day. " Cousin"-everyone named their cars- 'gave up the ghost'

Eric Alder said...

I dig seeing the old cars like that '55 Chevy, although I prefer the '57. My boss used to set up a tent along Woodward every year for the Dream Cruise. I've taken some great pictures there.

buffalodick said...

When cars and gas were cheap....

Jessie said...

beautiful cars.
thanks for sharing!

smiles,

dulce said...

I'll have the black one , please!

;)